Category Archives: iPad at Work

iPad at Work: As the Indianapolis Colts’ Playbook

Ryan Fannin, the Colts’ director of football information systems

It looks like the iPad has gained quite a bit of momentum in the NFL this year. There are now more than a dozen NFL teams using the iPad – and many of them are using it to replace traditional playbooks. As Biztech Magazine reports, one of the teams that has adopted the iPad this year is the Indianapolis Colts.

Along with Chuck Pagano, their new coach this year, and Andrew Luck, their new franchise quarterback, the team has now replaced their printed playbooks with iPads, which they believe gives them a competitive edge.

Back in March the Colts bought 120 iPads for their 90 players and 20 coaches – with 10 to be used as spares. They chose 64GB WiFi only iPad 3s as their standard.

“Pagano feels it’s a competitive advantage to give players all the information at their fingertips and for them to learn in a way they have grown accustomed to,” says Ryan Fannin, the Colts’ director of football information systems. “It’s not about pen and paper anymore. We are able to tie a video with a diagram of a play. It helps players learn, and it’s a huge benefit for the team.”

It’s definitely been a hugely successful season for the Colts. They’ve gone from a 2-14 disaster last year to 10 wins and a playoff berth this season. Great job iPad – though I suppose Luck and Pagano and a few of those other Colts players and coaches may have had a little something to do with the success as well. :)

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iPad at Work: for The New York Times’ Nick Bilton, as a Hand-held Darkroom

iPad as Dark Room

Image Credit: Nick Bilton / The New York Times

Here’s yet another way that the iPad proves its mettle as so much more than just a ‘consumption’ device. Nick Bilton of The New York Times has done a great piece on how he uses the iPad as a hand-held darkroom.

Bilton has been passionate about photography for many years and once had a darkroom in a corner of his living room. Now the iPad has taken on a primary role in his photographic efforts.

I have since retired most of my film cameras. Now, my camera bag is all digital, and my darkroom is 7 inches wide and 9.5 inches long: an AppleiPad.

The chemicals I once used have been replaced by a tiny, white USB connector that allows me to transfer my photos from any digital camera into the iPad in a matter of seconds.

I’ve told friends and colleagues for a long while now that I do much more photo editing on the iPad than on my MacBook Pro. I love the number of superb photo editing and photo effects apps that are available for the iPad, and how many of them manage to combine a wealth of powerful features with beautiful, easy to use interfaces.

Check out Bilton’s New York Times article for the whole story on how he uses the iPad as a darkroom.

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iPad at Work: For Barclays Bank in the UK


Barclays Bank – one of the UK’s leading banks – has purchased 8,500 iPads. As The Channel reports, this is thought to be one of the largest rollouts of any tablet device in the UK financial sector.

According to a Barclays PR person one of the reasons for selecting the iPad was staff demand. The iPads will be put to use in Barclays branches to “interact with customers, improving the customer experience”.  The bank is starting to use them throughout their UK branches and will be running a custom designed app for the iPad called Mortgage Brain.

So iPad momentum keeps on growing in the financial sector, healthcare, education, in local, state, and national governments, with commercial airlines, professional sports teams, and businesses of all shapes and sizes. Not bad for a device that Microsoft says is just for playing game and watching movies on.

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iPad at Work: Replacing Laptops in the Texas Legislature

Texas Legislature iPad

Photo Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziel

The Texas Legislature is replacing laptops with iPads for the new session that starts in early January of next year. As my hometown newspaper – the Austin American-Statesman – reports,

.Each lawmaker’s office in the Capitol will be offered two iPads for the session that begins Jan. 8. Each committee will get one, too. And the Legislature’s website has been upgraded to be readable on mobile devices for members of the public wishing to track legislation or find out about where and when committees are meeting.

The Statesman article quotes Chris Griesel, House parliamentarian (shown above) on some of the key reasons why the iPad is being adopted. These include:

— It’s viewed as a natural progressive step in the legislature’s technological development. Over the years they’ve gone from mainframe computers to desktops to laptops. “And now, Griesel said, it’s all about iPads and mobile computing.” Hello, Post-PC era.

— Members have made clear their preference for the iPad – with growing numbers of them choosing to use their personal iPads instead of state-issued laptops over the last couple of years.

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iPad at Work: Helping Run Britain

UK PM and iPad

We’ve known for a long while that David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, is an iPad user. This week, thanks to a report in The Guardian, we’ve learned that the PM is now using a custom web app on his iPad to keep up with some essential information.

The app is known as the ‘No 10 Dashboard’ (alluding to Number 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence) – and offers live data on several key areas for the PM to stay abreast of. The app provides:

up-to-the minute data about the UK’s economic and financial health, including GDP, bank lending, jobs and property data, as well as polling data and Twitter feeds.

It looks as if a lot of focus has been given to how the live data is presented as well:

One person who has seen it describes its appearance as “like a cross between the site and the [iPad-based] Flipboard app”.

The app is likely web-based so that is is easier for it to comply with UK government security standards. It’s good to see the PM, like our own President, is a tech-savvy guy who makes good use of an iPad at work.

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iPad at Work: Replacing Cash Registers at Urban Outfitters

iPad at Work at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters, the popular retail fashion chain, is ditching cash registers and replacing them with iPads. They’ll also be equipping their sales people with iPod Touches.

As Business Insider reports, their CIO is bullish about the switch to iPads:.

iPads, he explained, cost about 1/5th as much as a cash register, and can be used for so much. As shown in the picture, they can be turned towards the customer, who can view content, put in personal information, use it as a gift registry and so forth.

What’s more, it makes a lot more sense from a space usage standpoint. An iPad on a swivel that’s not in use can quickly be taken off, with that space being used for packing or more merchandising or anything else.

This is another fine example of how the iPad is used as far more than just a ‘consumption’ device, as Microsoft always seems to want to portray it. Back in August we learned that AT&T is rolling out iPads as primary point of sale devices in their retail stores, and I see other similar reports quite often – so this now looks like something of a growing trend in retail.

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iPad at Work: Great Video from the US Air Force Electronic Flight Bag Team

iPad and US Air Force

The US Air Force team in charge of selecting and deploying the iPad as an electronic flight bag has produced a great video showing a number of key elements in their process, and highlighting a number of huge benefits that come with the switch to iPads.

It’s a fascinating look at all that went into the choice to go with the iPad. The sheer number of different teams from within the Air Force and external advisors working together on the project is impressive in its own right. The hurdles they had to overcome are also impressive.

Here are a few of the most striking points that caught my eye in the video:

— The project met the president’s 2011 executive order to use electronic devices to improve efficiency and reduce printing costs.

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iPad at Work: for the Duke Men’s Basketball Team


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The Duke men’s basketball team is replacing notebook and printed scouting reports with iPads for the 2012-13 season. As reports, they’ll be using 64GB models of the new iPad 3, and they’re said to be the first college basketball program to make the move to iPads.

“The Duke basketball program is always trying to equip our players and staff with the very best resources, and the introduction of the iPads is another step in that direction,” said associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski. “This new technology will help all of us work more efficiently and productively, while communicating at a higher level. We are very excited to involve the iPads in our day-to-day operations, evaluating our scouting, video analysis, schedule and game preparation.”

Here are some of the things that Duke will be using the iPads:

Each iPad will include practice schedules, weekly itineraries, scouting reports, game and practice statistics as well as an extensive library of videos (practices, games, opponents and player specific video edits). The Duke players and coaches will also have the ability to take notes on the devices during film breakdown and on scouting reports.

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iPad at Work: American Airlines Expanding iPad Use to All Phases of Flight

iPad in American Airlines Cockpit

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As Apple Insider reports, American Airlines are set to expand their iPad electronic flight bag program, starting with pilots of their 777 fleet using the iPad during all phases of flight.

The iPad is reducing and largely replacing paper-based reference material for pilots, which can weigh up to 35 pounds. It’s also said that the change may save an estimated $1.2 million per year on fuel costs.

“This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people,” said Captain John Hale, American’s vice president of flight. “With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently.”

American was one of the first bi commercial airlines to pilot (no pun intended) the iPad. It’s exciting to see them now extending its role as an essential tool for their pilots.

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iPad at Work: in Ford Dealerships

Ford Motor Co. has launched an iPad deployment program to its dealerships in the USA. Following a successful 6 month pilot program at 14 dealerships, the company has gone nationwide with the program and around 140 dealerships have already signed up for it.

The iPads are being used by managers and sales consultants at the Ford dealerships. As reports, the iPads are running a custom app called Showcase that helps sales staff.

The Showcase app can help sales staffers in several areas. It has some short, web-based instructional videos explaining new technology in Ford and Lincoln vehicles, such as the MyFord Touch infotainment system, Sync voice recognition, and Park Assist. The app also has a list of vehicles the dealership has in stock including packages, features, and window stickers.

One New Jersey Ford dealer involved in the pilot is pretty scathing when comparing the iPad to PCs:

I see no benefit to the PC versus the iPad. The PC is over, it’s just not relationship friendly. It’s a wall sitting between you and the customer.

If any of you have been at a Ford dealership recently and seen iPads in action, please let us know what you thought of the experience in the comments.

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iPad at Work: iPads to Replace Computers and Sales Counters in AT&T Retail Stores

ATT Retail Store

Here’s another fine example of the iPad being used for far more than just consumption. As Mark Gurman reports at 9to5Mac, AT&T are planning to rollout iPads  to replace computers and sales counters in their retail stores.

iPads will be replacing computers that run point-of-sale system software called OPUS – and a feature-complete version of the software will run on the iPads.

… this iPad-based system will replicate all functionality from the older, desktop-computer OPUS system. These new iPads will function as a point-of-sale system, an upgrade check system, a system to research customer accounts, and will be capable of doing everything the computers are capable of doing.

The iPad rollout to all of AT&T’s retail outlets is expected to be done within a couple years, but 9to5Mac are hearing that the early stages of the rollout program may already be well underway:

…according to sources, AT&T will begin aggressively deploying these new iPads for a larger test phase in a certain amount of markets by early next year. We’ve heard that a handful of markets have begun testing these iPads already within the past couple of weeks.

We have a very new AT&T store just five minutes away from where I live that looks a lot like the Chicago concept store shown above – but I didn’t see any iPads in use by staff when I was in there a couple of weeks ago. Have any of you spotted AT&T staff using iPads in one of their retail stores?

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